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#1 dave8338 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 04:22 PM

Thought you guys/gals might enjoy Bills little project. Bill is a service tech where I work and loves to putter in his shop at home. Total cost was less than $100.00 and I think the "cool factor" is worth ten time that much !

Pics are a litle small but sure looks like fun, to me. Started out as a Simplicity, with a 12hp briggs. Tracks are a snowmobile track that he ran through his table saw. He had the drive wheels cut on a plasma table and drilled for the round stock, to keep the tracks flat over the top and welded it all together. :thumbs:

It is a hydro and is brake steered. He is in the process of making hand levers for the steering.


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Posted May 10, 2012 - 04:39 PM

Pretty impressive build. I would be nice to see that in action once it's completed!

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 04:56 PM

:wewantpics: :wewantvideo:

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 04:58 PM

That looks like a pretty fun toy! I wish I could make something like that!

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 05:42 PM

That's really a cool machine. Too bad we don't have the build thread here!

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 06:05 PM

That looks like a pretty fun toy! I wish I could make something like that!

There is no doubt in my mind that you couldn't build that. Maybe that will be your next project after the compressor :laughingteeth:

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 06:14 PM

There is no doubt in my mind that you couldn't build that. Maybe that will be your next project after the compressor :laughingteeth:


Haha! Thanks Chris! If only I had a snowmobile track, and some of those big round plates for the drive...
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Posted May 10, 2012 - 06:16 PM

Hey guys...this might be "the build thread" for this project. Bill has 8 children so his time to play is limited and when he does...he is more into fabrication than typing. :D I sit in the front of the building all day so I may have to be the liaison for him.

We talked about it over lunch today and from the conversation, here is what I know.
He purchased the idler wheels online. They are a surplus item and have ball bearings in them. They DO NOT have seals so as he mentioned, he may be replacing those bearings with sealed units, just for durability. He also stated that he paid $1.10 each for them. Nice buy, indeed. As for the purpose of the build, as I mentioned...it is a toy for his boys. When he has it all up and running the way he wants it, I'll see if I can get a video. He doesn't even know I posted the pics here so I hope I haven't started an issue. I don't think so, anyway.

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 06:55 PM

Neat build, looks to be coming right along.

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 07:07 PM

I envy people with such skills and ideas , just to even think of something like that !!!

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 07:15 PM

Haha! Thanks Chris! If only I had a snowmobile track, and some of those big round plates for the drive...


Just look around I bet you can come up with them.

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 07:20 PM

Just look around I bet you can come up with them.


I guess I will be on the look-out!

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 07:42 PM

Haha! Thanks Chris! If only I had a snowmobile track, and some of those big round plates for the drive...

Ok guys'(and Gal's) Does anyone have a set of Tracks to donate to Ryan! :laughingteeth:
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Posted May 10, 2012 - 08:13 PM

That's a very cool project indeed! If he does have to do some dis-assembly to change out the bearings, ask him to take some pics of the bits and pieces! It would be cool if you could "interview" him and write it all down for us addicts :laughingteeth:
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Posted May 10, 2012 - 08:46 PM

That's awesome!
I'd thought about making such a thing for winter, but it hardly ever snows any more around here.

If you can, pics that are bigger would be the ticket.




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